November 4, 2013

Middle Ages and the American West @RueAllyn #RLFblog

True and Perfect Knight 
The taming of the American West and the Middle Ages (specifically in the British Isles) are my two favorite periods of history and my favorite settings for the romances I love to read and write. At first glance the differences between the two appear to be so vast as to prevent any similarities, yet my passion for these settings has always suggested to me that they were in the most important ways very similar.
The most obvious is that they are both legendary periods that lack sufficient documentary evidence about their legends. Billy the Kid and William Wallace for example are both epic legends, yet each is shrouded in conflicting accounts and a dearth of reliable proof to support those accounts. The same is true of the legendary civilizations--El Dorado and Camelot--that belong to each of these periods. No one doubts the existence of the Kid, Wallace, El Dorado or Camelot but the truth of each is buried in centuries of fact mixed with fiction.
But is legend the only common ground for the Wild West and Medieval Britain? Legend itself is insufficient to account for the fascination I share with thousands of readers. I went looking for other opinions in hope of discovering a way to express what I could only feel and stumbled upon this quote from John H. Lienhard of the University of Houston. "The old West provides such an accurate mirror of medieval life just because it was populated by free and inventive people adapting to harsh circumstances. The medieval mind, as it turns out, was what it took to open up America" (, Oct. 30 2013).
Lienhard nailed it. 'Free and inventive--I might add courageous--people adapting to harsh circumstances.' It is the character of the people, exemplified in the medieval knight and the western cowboy, that draws me to these two periods before all others.

About the Books

In two weeks, I'll be celebrating my fascination with these settings and characters with the release of two books, One Day's Loving (Nov. 18, 2013) and A True and Perfect Knight (Nov. 19, 2013).
One Day's Loving is the third book in my Wildfire Love series and tells the story of Mae Alden and James Collins. Persephone Mae Alden is the invisible Alden sister, quiet, industrious, generous, kind-hearted, loyal, and reliable. The words used to describe Mae remind her of a well-trained dog. She's not happy about it, but what can she do? She likes her quiet life and would be seriously upset if she had to defy convention like Edith or act on instinct like Kiera. But everything changes when necessity forces her to bravery and she must choose between love and family.
A horrifying bequest convinces Boston attorney James W. Collins V that Mae Alden needs a husband, and she's just the type of wife he wants. The two of them will be a perfect match. Refusing his offer makes no sense, so why won't the woman accept?
The first two books in the series One Moment's Pleasure and One Night's Desire are available at, or you may pre-order One Day's Loving at You may read an excerpt from One Day's Loving at
One Day's Loving
A True and Perfect Knight is a re-issue of one of my favorite books and relates how love grows between two enemies. Baron Haven De Sessions knows a hundred reasons despise the widow Dreyford. The widow is entirely too independent, and a suspected traitor. Worst of all, she had been married to his best friend--a man Haven arrested for plotting against the king. Haven believes the treacherous widow should have given up her head, not his childhood friend. Now an oath to that same friend forces him to protect a woman he does not want and cannot trust.
Genvieve Dreyford has her own reasons to detest De Sessions. The man is far too handsome, and his reputation as Edward I's most 'true and perfect' knight has swelled the baron's head. Worst of all, Gennie believes he betrayed his friendship with her husband to curry favor with the English king. Now, because of Haven De Sessions, Gennie has lost her home, her title and nearly everything she held dear. Only for the sake of her family, will Gennie place herself in the power of a man she fears and mistrusts. You may read an excerpt and get more information about A True and Perfect Knight at

About the Author

Author of historical, contemporary, and erotic romances, Rue Allyn fell in love with happily ever after the day she heard her first story. She is deliriously married to her sweetheart of many years and loves to hear from readers about their favorite books and real life adventures.


Please leave a comment and tell me what periods you love to read about and why. All who comment will be placed into a drawing for a free download of one of my November releases.

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  1. Thank you very much for allowing me to share these thoughts with your followers.

  2. These both sound fantastic!! I absolutely love the old Scottish and Irish time period - 1300 to 1500. But I can also swoon for the wild west before it was tamed. :) I'm easy to please.
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